Texas House Votes To Defund HIV Prevention To Pay For Abstinence Education

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The dumbing down of Texas continues as lawmakers passed an amendment that defunds HIV/STD prevention programs and diverts $3 million over the next biennium to abstinence-only sexual education programs.

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House Democrats fought against the  amendment to the House budget proposal which was presented by Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman).

“Is it not significant that Texas has the third-highest number of HIV cases in the country?” state Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston)  asked. “Does it bother you to know there are people walking around with HIV, undiagnosed?”

“My goal is for everyone to be abstinent until they are married,” Spitzer replied.

State Rep. Chris Turner pointed out that Texas has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the country, and the single-highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy.

“It may not be working well,” said Spitzer. “But abstinence education is HIV prevention. They are essentially the same thing.”

Spitzer revealed details of his own sexual history as proof of the effectiveness of abstinence, according to the Texas Observer.

The Texas Republican explained that he was a virgin until he married his wife at age 29.

Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) asked if she was the first person he propositioned, then State Rep. Jason Issac shouted, “decorum.”

The Texas Observer reports:

Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) asked Spitzer just how much money is needed for abstinence education in Texas, which receives more federal funding than any other state. Spitzer responded that additional funds are needed as long as people are still having sex before marriage. His goal, he said, was for everyone to know that “abstinence is the best way to prevent HIV.”

“My goal is for everyone to be HIV/AIDS free,” Turner said.

Turner said that while he thinks abstinence programs are valid, HIV and STD prevention programs are too.

“Does it make sense if you have two children to take food from one to feed the other?” Turner said. “You’re taking from one valid program in order to go to the other and I think that is wrong.”

Wait for it.

Spitzer is a doctor.

Democrats explained to the good ‘doctor’ that STDs can spread without having sex, but Spitzer said, “You can, but it’s awful hard through your clothes.”

The Texas Tribune reports:

Texas allows school districts to decide whether and how to approach sex education, as long as they teach more about abstinence than any other preventive method, like condoms and birth control. But a number of representatives questioned the effectiveness of this program.



Spitzer’s amendment passed on party lines with 97 aye votes and 47 nays.

Herpes, among many other transmitted diseases, can be caught by kissing and spread simply by touching.

Apparently, Spitzer has never met his penis, and actually touched it unless he did so through his clothes.

I admit it. I touch myself. Everyone does whether they admit it or not.

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